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Title UA3 President's Office Series 1. Henry Hardin Cherry Subseries 1. Southern Normal School
Creator WKU President's Office - Cherry
Description Correspondence and records related to Cherry's tenure as president of the Southern Normal School. These were filed in the President's Office and not removed until after his death.
Other Creators President's Office (SNS)
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1884
Year Range To 1906
Admin / Biog History The president's office was created in 1906. Henry Hardin Cherry served as founder of WKU and its first president, a position he held until his death in 1937.

Henry Hardin Cherry was born November 16, 1864 in Warren County, Kentucky, the son of George Washington and Frances (Stahl) Cherry. He attended the Southern Normal School and Business College along with his brother Thomas Crittenden Cherry. After college the Cherry brothers taught in rural schools and Henry returned to teach at the Southern Normal. They purchased the school in 1892 with Henry filling the main administrative role. Cherry actively pursued the creation of a state funded teacher training school and in 1906 succeeded in converting the Southern Normal into the Western Kentucky State Normal School.

Highlights of his administration include the purchase of the Potter College for Young Ladies property which resulted in the relocation of the school to "the Hill," the merger with Ogden College, construction of buildings, hiring of faculty and the evolution of the training school into a four year college.

Some of Cherry's personal papers are also found in this series most notably those pertaining to his political aspirations and two candidacies for the Kentucky governorship.
People Cherry, Henry Hardin, 1864-1937
Search Terms Southern Normal School (Bowling Green, KY)
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Related Materials UA1F WKU Archives Multimedia Resources
UA37.1 - Bess Cherry Personal Papers
Catalog Number UA3.1.1
Dates of Creation 1884-1906
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Extent 1 folder
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA3.1
Level of Description Subseries
Disciplines Higher Education Administration
Containers Correspondence - General